Before I show you some delicious Gatsby inspired jewelry picks I have to go into my thoughts about the movie. I expected The Great Gatsby to be cheesy but I didn’t expect it to be so bizarre! I’ve seen (and very much enjoy) Baz Luhrmann’s other “crazy” movies, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet, so when I took Dan to the movies on Friday I sorta knew what to expect visually. But even I was surprised by how over the top Gatsby turned out to be. The parties weren’t so much parties, but light-speed-frantic, firework popping carnivals of dancing, music, glitz, glamour, music, and drinking, drinking, drinking!
Honestly, there is really no way anything I write here will do the spectacle of these parties justice. Just imagine Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet got really drunk and had a baby, but a pretty damn stylish baby. The clothes in this movie are at their worst interesting and at their best spectacular. Leo as Gatsby is immaculately dressed all movie, and looks put together even when he’s neurotically running out in the pouring rain. But generally speaking, the 1920’s style jewelry are the only truly timeless items from that era (thank you Tiffany’s). Yes the chunky, dangly, super-glitzy necklaces, rings and bracelets are gaudy, and take the right outfit to wear, but if you do have the right look these type of accessories can be a real show stopper.
Other than the spectacle, the movie was ok – a little too much of Lana del Ray’s “Young & Beautiful”, and waaaaaaaaaay too much Tobey Maguire talking to his shrink (Dan’s least favorite part of the movie). Plus, there were a whole lot of tips of the cap to Jay-z, all of which seemed kinda out of place. Beyond that, Leo, whom Dan has a monster man-crush on, was very good. He’s pretty close to perfect at playing super neurotic characters who struggle to keep their cool. Even Carey Mulligan, who is not my favorite, was pretty good as Daisy (one of the worst characters ever! She’s just so selfish and childish… bleh). Other than the puddle of Spite that I ended up unknowingly soaking my Minnetonkas in all movie, it was an interesting experience to say the least.
But back to the jewelry, because that was one thing in the movie I truly appreciated. The dripping, eye-candy goodness of art deco style jewelry. Even the outfits were encrusted. It was glorious, truly. From Jordan’s gigantic drop pearls, to Daisy’s iconic headband, I loved it all. It is just such a glamorous style of jewelry, but one that you can recreate pretty easily. Here are some similar glittery pieces that are almost as inspiring: